Eldest is writing a 500-word story.
‘Mum, with short stories, is it OK if nothing happens?’
‘Absolutely nothing?’ (Smiles.)
‘No, not absolutely nothing… just… thoughts and things?’
‘Sort of. Here, read this.’
I give him THE TURKEY by Flannery O’Connor. Now, OK, there is a turkey, but the main story would be about thoughts and things.
(Now trying to remember if that’s OK for a kid to read.)